Snow Days

January 22, 2014 Julie

A Snow Day + 8 Months Pregnant

Well, we’ve got ourselves another snowy day here in Cape May County! To our surprise, we didn’t get quite as much snow as was predicted for “down the shore.” While the kid in me is disappointed were weren’t covered in a giant blanket of snow, I feel blessed my wish didn’t come true. Now that I’ve reached the third trimester in my pregnancy, I have to rely on others to do most of the shoveling. Dutch and I have been relegated to sweeping and sprinkling salt duties if we’re not otherwise ordered to stay inside. So, really, the less snow the better –for the sake of my fantastic and devoted helpers (aka Mom, Dad + Brian). 

Handmade Baby Goods

I’ve been trying to focus on what I can do as my belly grows bigger and bigger. I can go for snowy walks. I can make sure my helpers are fed. I plan to give this soup a whirl today. And, I can do a whole bunch of knitting and sewing to prep for baby.

My stack of baby goodies is slowly accumulating in the lone piece of furniture in the nursery–the crib. Soon, the crib will be joined by a rug, a rocker chair, and a finished dresser/changing table my Dad has been making for us. Which is *almost* finished and gorgeous and I can’t wait to fill it with teensy clothes.

In case you or someone you know is expecting and you’re on the hunt for something easy and practical to make, here are some of the resources I’ve been using:

*Knit up a stylish hat with this free pattern. I used Manos del Uruguay’s Maxima in the color Foil and knit the baby size in one night. Knitting little things is so satisfying because you can finish relatively quickly since everything is so small. (:

*Stitch up a stack of contoured burp cloths that are great for burping and can serve as impromptu bibs. I used an assortment of organic cotton prints for the front, a solid white flannel for the back, and this tutorial.

*Make crib and toddler sheets with this tutorial. You’ll need just 2 yards of fabric and a pack of 1/4″ elastic. I’ve made three crib sheets so far with an assortment of organic and cotton prints from the Home Made shop. It’s nice to have the freedom to choose any fabric you want, which allows you to venture away from the traditional baby decor if you like.


All the fabric, yarn, supplies and encouragement you need to make your own stack of baby goodies are available at Home Made! Our brick and mortar shop is OPEN on this snowy day. Or, you can call us at 609.536.2940 to place a mail order.


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